Our dogs are our fur babies, cuddle companions, and best friends. We shower them with treats, buy them every toy their heart’s desire, and provide the ultimate in sleeping accessories. As we spoil and love them, however, it is also our responsibility to keep them fit and healthy.
As obesity rises among humans it’s also becoming a problem for our pooches. An overweight dog has higher risks of negative health problems in their life while an active dog benefits from a faster metabolism, better muscle tone, a regular digestive system, and less stress overall. A dog’s natural instinct is to hunt and play, and it’s our jobs as their owners to get them up and doing those things.
We all want to be responsible dog parents so below are a few tips for keeping your pup fit and healthy
Talk to the vet
The first step in setting up a healthy lifestyle for your dog is by talking to your vet. Have an honest conversation about your dog’s current habits and how to improve them. Discuss their overall health, age, breed and how that all plays into your care of them. Most importantly, consult with a vet before tossing your dog into any vigorous exercise. You might want to hike that mountain, but your dog may not be ready for that.
Start being a picky eater
Not you, per se, but it’s time to get picky about what dog food you’re
Commit to daily walks
The easiest way to get your dog moving is to take a walk every day. If this is brand new to your dog, start small. Fifteen to twenty minutes is enough to begin seeing benefits. If you start having trouble getting up and doing it every day, just remember how good it is for both you and your dog. Make it a family activity or pair it with some off-leash play at a dog park. Your cuddle buddy deserves it
Even in inclement weather
Look, no one is dying to go outside and walk around in the summer heat. But it’s important to maintain these healthy habits even in inclement weather. During those months of extreme heat, however, there are ways to make your dog more comfortable. Avoid the hottest times of